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Student, Faculty Present at Composition Conference

April 27, 2017

Service Scholar and Honors student Kyle Cataldo ’17 and Dr. Wendi Sierra, assistant professor in the English Department, presented at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) on Friday, March 17, in Portland, Oregon.

The annual CCCC conference typically hosts over 3,000 attendees and has a roughly 38% acceptance rate for proposals in any year. Cataldo and Sierra, along with Dr. Lynn Donahue, director of service-learning and civic engagement, presented on administrative, faculty, and student perspectives on service-learning. Their talk explored the challenges of creating sustainable partnerships for both faculty and community partners and on enhancing students’ experiences in their courses through meaningful service.

Cataldo, who has participated in eight service-learning courses throughout his time at Fisher, researched theories related to problem-based learning and connected his experiences in those eight courses to current research on learning best practices.